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2003 WBC Report     

 2004 Status: pending 2004 GM commitment

Bill Dyer, IL

2003 Champion

2nd: Joe Abrams, CT

3rd: Joe Harrison, KY

4th: Glenn McMaster, ONT

5th: Chris Bodkin, NY

6th: Jean-Francois Gagne, QUE

Event History
1992    Paul Saunders      12
1993    Ray Carpenter      23
1994    Paul Weintraub      22
1995    James Garvey      23
1996    Bruce Bernard      22
1997    Matt Fagan      28
1998    Brad Johnson      43
1999    Steve Koehler     38
2000    Jay Schlaffer     35
2001    Tony Burke     29
2002    Steve Koehler     33
2003    Bill Dyer     34


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Steve Koehler

NC

02
70
 2. Bill Dyer

IL

03
68
 3. Joe Abrams

CT

03
52
 4. Jay Schlaffer

DC

00
40
 5. Tony Burke

NJ

01
30
 6. Chris Bodkin

NY

03
26
 7. Peter Stephanouk

PA

02
24
 8. Brad Johnson

IL

00
24
 9. Ken Keller

AZ

99
18
10. Joe Harrison

KY

03
16
11. Glenn McMaster

ONT

03
16
12. Steve Cuccaro

MD

02
16
13. Paul Saunders

VA

00
12
14. Phil Barcafer

PA

01
  9
15. Ray Carpenter

CT

99
  9
16. James Hopkin

CA

02
  8
17. Bruce Bernard

PA

00
  8
18. Chip Collins

TX

01
  6
19. Jeff Clark

AZ

99
  6
20. Jean Gagne

QUE

03
  4
21. Brian Jones

MD

01
  3
22. Matt Fagan

NJ

99
  3

Past Winners

Paul Saunders - VA
1992

Ray Carpenter - CT
1993

Paul Weintraub - MD
1994

James Garvey - NY
1995

Bruce Bernard - PA
1996

Matt Fagan - NJ
1997

Brad Johnson -IL
1998

Steve Koehler - NC
1999, 2002

 
Jay Schlaffer - NJ
2000


Tony Burke - NJ
2001
     
 


The Spice of Life

Thirty-four players competed in ten preliminary games with a mean duration of 6.4 game turns in 3.7 hours and 6.67 game turns, similar to 2002. Half ended in two-player alliance wins (one by Guild default victory). The other games comprised three 3-player alliance wins, one BG prediction win, and one stalemate.

This year, House Harkonnen and House Atreides led the list with six and five wins respectively. The Guild (very surprisingly to some!) came in next with four wins. The Emperor and BG, unlike last year, took a beating and recorded only two wins apiece. The Fremen held their perennial position as most difficult faction to play well, getting only one win.

The tournament was run essentially the same as last year except for the elimination of negative qualification points and a change in the rules for the Shield Wall entering as a 6th stronghold.

I again awarded my Best Faction plaques to the players who gave the best single-game performance with each faction during the preliminary heats, measured in terms of strongholds controlled per turn. Carl Walling received Best Atreides; Matt Fagan, Best Bene Gesserit; Phil Barcafer, Best Emperor; Jean-Francois Gagne, Best Fremen; Rob Barnes, Best Guild (second time!); and Joe Abrams, Best Harkonnen.

In the final game, Joe Abrams took the Atreides; Chris Bodkin, the BG; Joe Harrison, the Emperor; Jean-Francois Gagne, the Fremen; Glenn McMaster, the Guild; and Bill Dyer, the Harkonnen.

In turn 3 of the final, the Atreides jumped at the opportunity for a surprise solo win, foiled only by a major counterattack by the Emperor.

Turn 4 saw the Atreides ally with his nemesis the Emperor, and they wasted no time trying again for the win, but the other powers brought everything they had to bear, including a key traitor call by the Guild against the Emperor. It looked as if the Atreides would be gutted by the Harkonnen in two battles, until the two Great Houses were able to forge an agreement to share the strongholds and form a new alliance in turn 5.

In turn 8, House Harkonnen positioned his alliance for an opportunity to win by taking both Carthag and Arrakeen from the BG with a rare one-two traitor call. Turn 9 would be the last turn of the game due to a scheduled time limit, and all three 2-way alliances had a chance to win. Battle was furious, but in the end, each faction except the BG held exactly one stronghold, and Sietch
Tabr was destroyed by a lasegun/shield explosion. The six great powers had fought themselves to a stalemate.

 GM      Brad Johnson  [3rd Year]   NA
    tempus42@aol.com   NA

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